Death and Serious Violations Undermine Quality of Life at Alden Facilities

A 10-year history of death and chronic neglect prompted Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to push for the closure of Alden Village North, a Chicago health facility for kids and young adults. Madigan also is reviewing the entire Alden nursing home chain’s history of complaints.
Working in conjunction with the Department of Public Health, Madigan will push to identify and discipline the healthcare professionals who mistreated Alden’s patients.

Last July, a 14-year-old Alden resident with mental disabilities started to breathe rapidly. Alden’s staff tried contacting the teen’s doctor numerous times, and 19 hours later his doctor got back to them. State inspectors said that given the teen’s serious condition, Alden should have contacted its own medical director rather than wait to hear from the teen’s physician. Two months later, the boy died.

In 2009, Alden Village North was fined for the death of a 9-year-old boy with severe disabilities. After two days of neglect, the boy died of shock, infection and bowel obstruction. The state fined Alden $22,750.

This is not the first time that the Alden chain has faced charges of causing harm to its residents. Last August, one of Alden’s senior facilities, Alden Park Strathmoor Nursing Home, had a surprise “Operation Guardian” visit from Madigan’s office. The visit led to two arrests as Alden had failed to conduct background checks on residents with felony convictions.

When a loved one’s life is lost because of negligence or carelessness, the family has a right to pursue legal action to get just compensation, including loss of companionship, direct expenses such as medical bills and funeral costs, and loss of benefits and earnings. A wrongful death lawsuit can also seek to correct a health care facility’s and its workers’ behavior through punitive damages so that the wrongdoing does not happen again. In the case of Alden Village North, Attorney General Madigan has had enough and is taking the steps to close the facility.

It is crucial to contact a Chicago wrongful death attorney if your loved one has died as a result of someone else’s carelessness. An experienced attorney will help with the investigation, preserve evidence, and make sure an appropriate lawsuit is brought.

The law firm of Briskman Briskman & Greenberg has experience in wrongful death lawsuits and provides top-tier representation for families who have lost loved ones. They understand the challenging nature of your case, as well as the emotional and financial toll it is taking on your family. Their team of Chicago wrongful death lawyers are experts at taking on big health care facilities, doctors and health care professionals, and their insurance companies.

To learn more, visit http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com or call 877-595-HURT (4878

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